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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2012
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In Kentucky, we are teaching the Common Core Math Standards as of last school year. I was hoping that this would be a good resource for hands on learning to the new standards. Most of this contains web sites for the students to use. I guess that would be great if there were enough computers available in your classroom or you had access to a lab whenever you wanted. I have bought several books from these authors based on my past experience. Big Mistake! I have not opened this book since the day it was delivered. I was looking for hands on classroom activites not computer activities. If computers are not a problem for your classroom, this might be worth your money but for me it was a waste.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2012
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Dont waste your money. The authors seem to think that "hands on" means accessing a website, reading about the skill, and then reporting what you read. Yuck!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
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Activities are two dimensional - they lack depth and extensions. Overall I would say it's an ok resource, but I was hoping for better.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
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This book is full of great ideas that provide real world connections to some of the most difficult concepts in Middle School Mathematics. My only complaint is that it doesn't come with an online component or CD that allows you to print out the projects to share with your students. in order to assign a project from this book, you will have to type out the instructions yourself. For a classroom teacher, that is a tremendous waist.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
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I originally thought this would be a great resource for my seventh grade math classes.

I was wrong.

It has some interesting ideas, but my students whine, cry, and bellyache that it is "too hard." It does have some decent ideas, but much of it is "online research" which isn't really hands-on. It isn't about exploring the concepts and having students discover and explore for themselves, but rather more review and assess how deeply students understand previously taught concepts. When I look for tasks, I want something that can be used in multiple ways for students to connect previous learning to new learning.

I have used several activities from this book, and I will not be using them again next year.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
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I purchased this book recently since I'd been killing my 7th grade students with worksheets. The book provides a nice table of contents and also an index so you can easily find something related to what you're going to teach. In my state we haven't made the full switch to Common core yet so I'm browsing the book by topics.

So far I have used 2 activities from this book (both slightly modified) and I can't wait to use more. One was on ordering rational numbers and the other on tax and discounts. The kids LOVED the activities we have done. The activities have shown me things about my students that I wouldn't have known otherwise. For example, my students (7th grade) don't know how to read a ruler, they also didn't know words such as "quantity" and "sale price."

The book really seems to promote cooperative learning, kids learning from kids, and also pushing them to higher order thinking skills by making them present their work to the class. My students haven't had much of an opportunity to "explain" any of their thinking in any of their classes so I'm having to coach them through a lot of it. This is a great way to start building those skills because if they can explain the math, then they should be able to retain it better.

So back to the book: while it isn't the "solve all your planning problems" type of book, it gives you some incredible insight as to the kinds of activities that the kids really should be doing to make math fun and show them the relevancy in their own lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
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Like the examples supplied for each unit.
The book is organized and is outlined perfectly with the common core.

I would like more activities.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2012
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This book is what any math teacher from grades 6-8 needs. It is well organized by each core standard and has a few activities to go with each one. It even has websites to go to for some of the activities! For a long time, I would search for activities to go with some of the standards or indicators and I would be searching for hours to find fun and meaningful activities for my students. This book takes all the searching away and puts it all in one place! I may still look on the Internet for some things, but the majority is already done for me. What a time saver!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2014
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This book does not live up to the claim of "with HANDS ON ACTIVITIES" unless you count holding the book with your hands. The shift of rigor of the Common Core that balances conceptual understanding with procedural skill. There is no attempt to help students understand the hw or the why behind the math. For example, for the "hands on" activities for 6.NS.2 include going to a web site (not one created by the author) and having rows of students compete in a race to complete long division problems. There are a few okay activities, but the activities focus on procedural/ algorithmic solutions rather than building concepts through the use of manipulatives. Skip buying this book and do a Google search for activities on the standards. As a State Department of Education Master Teacher of Common Core Mathematics and Middle School Mathematics Resource Teacher, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
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I found this book to have wonderful activities in it but I wasn't able to use some of them in my class because they weren't feasible with the materials I had available. A lot of the activities require every student to be on a computer and in my school that isn't realistic very often. If you were in a school inundated with technology then I see this book being even better, however, I still find uses for it in my low-tech classroom.
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